1 - 10 Next
In response to:

A Basket of Snakes

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 10:22 AM
We've been listening to that BS and following your advice for 13 years of endless war that never accomplishes anything of lasting value, and only makes things worse. Your way is playing right into their hands. They want us to attack. Why do you think that is?
In response to:

A Basket of Snakes

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 10:06 AM
It's not only our "allies" in the ME who have all sorts of new wars in mind for us to fight. Our brilliant leaders have us also on the hook for all 27 of our NATO "allies" and a huge part of the rest of the world as well. The hawks say America has to be the world's army. That our guys have to fight and die for the interests of others. That our taxpayers have to indebt their grandkids in order to keep the world safe. We're the indespensible nation, after all. Our politicians -- even Peace Prize winners -- love to talk tough as they swagger across the world stage. They worship power, and relish its exercise. Big money and beaucoop weapons back their tough-guy talk. It's all rubbish. The ME is a hopelessly dyfunctional quagmire, in large part because of our government's constant meddling since WWII. There are a few absolute truths. One of them is that power corrupts. It should be very hard for a free republic to wage war. And only when there are no other viable options available. Instead, it's never been easier for an American president -- the most ruthless, self-centered, egomaniacal humans on the planet -- to get people killed. Beyond absurd.
A few racist policies our diversity-worshipers never seem quite capable of acknowledging: - Social Security. Given the life expectancy rates of black men compared to, say, Jewish women, black men are essentially subsidizing the retirements of old white broads. Doesn't seem fair to me. - The minimum wage laws serve as a barrier to entry into the employment market for those who come from the worst-performing schools, in the most dysfunctional neighborhoods, who are disproportionately minorities. - Occupational licensing requirements -- such as for barbers and taxi drivers -- are more difficult to meet when you're poor. Is there really any need for a person who cuts hair to attend months of schooling at the cost of thousands of dollars? Why can't a brother just open a barber shop in the neighborhood and let his customers decide for themselves if his service is worthwhile? That's what Yelp, and Google Reviews is for, no? The government sees fit to force poor minority kids to attend lousy cartel schools, then -- after receiving their fraudulent education -- guarantees they won't be able to find work since they can't generate a sufficient return to justify the minimum wage. But don't worry, kids, they still care enough about you to put you in jail because you like to get high, and that means more good union prison guard and cop jobs (even though you personally won't qualify). So you've got that going for you.
It's the politicians who allow the corporations access to the treasury (via targeted tax breaks, subsidies, and grants, etc.), and craft regs designed to thwart would-be competitors with artificial barriers to entry. Severely limit the politician's ability to spend and regulate, and the corporations will go back to focusing on product improvements and cost reductions. Wouldn't it be great to put all those lobbyists -- like Eric Cantor, Tom Daschle, Trent Lott, etc. -- out of business? There's a small opening for true believers in limited-goverment (which leaves out 95% of GOP politicians) to work with some groups on the left to put a damper on all the corporatism in DC.
Anyone who puts any stock in the rhetoric of politicians is an utter fool. No group on the planet is more self-serving or opportunistic than an American politician. If you know nothing else in your life - please know that. Reason tells us that a tax policy that is stable, simple, and easy to comply with will create the maximum benefit for the broadest section of the general citizenry. Reason also tells us that rates should be low enough as not to act as an impediment to maximum productivity (the corporate tax rate is absurd), yet high enough to pay for the amount of government we have (its wrong to saddle future generations with debt for the services we consume now). If Americans were forced to pay taxes sufficient to fund this government absent borrowing, they might actually demand we scale back on the size and scope of the behemoth state apparatus.
The irony, of course, is that the warhawks have essentially made socialism viable. If Americans weren't paying for the defense of Europe (and a large part of Asia as well), they wouldn't be able to afford their lavish welfare states. But they would never take responsibility. The laws of unintended consequences never apply to defense policy, needless to say.
Me neither. I hope we're wrong.
The fact that W and Obama are basically following the same scripts speaks to the incentives, and lack of core principles possessed by those who rise to the top of the political power structure. The only rational conclusion: We must severely limit their power, as the founders of this government intended, and well-understood.
I understand their impulse to a degree. National defense is one of the truly crucial roles of government, after all, And I do support a strong military (obviously, as I spent 20 years in service / my wife 27) as the best deterrent to war. But they're simply wrong to think that we can even remotely make sense of the indecipherable quagmire that constitutes ME society, much less accomplish anything of lasting significance through military action there. And they're wrong to demand that American taxpayers pay the defense bills of our "allies" (while they provide "free" health care, etc. to their own taxpayers), and wrong to ignore the gigantic amount of waste and the cronyism/profiteering that goes on under the guise of "defense".
We've learned absolutely nothing in the past 13 years of absurd interventions that have cost tens of thousands of American lives (killed and catastrophically wounded), hundreds of thousands of civilians, and trillions of dollars - yet only made things worse. Sadly, it was all utterly predictable, as is the continuing disaster of whatever our brilliant leaders decide we absolutely must do next (or else civilization will cease to exist, of course).
1 - 10 Next